Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cuddle Fest

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!  I've been busy sewing, trying to knock things off my "to-do" list. Restocking my stash of baby lovies for gifting has been on there for a while.


I always keep an eye out for flannel and minky-type fabrics in remnant bins to make these from.  I sew them together pillowcase style, turn right side out, and stitch over the edge. 


Some of them are big enough to use as blankets, but most are smaller. They're really meant to be used more as security blankets or "lovies" for a toddler.  I put a loop on each one so it can be clipped to a stroller or diaper bag.


I've got 11 freshly washed and very cuddly lovies ready to go now.  The kitties insisted on quality testing (prior to the wash).

Rey found herself a good spot amidst my "ready to be quilted" piles
A lot of the stitching I've been doing for Covered in Love this week is behind-the-scenes stuff, like cutting and assembling backings for tops.  Soon there will be a batch of new finishes. Meanwhile, Beryl sent in two pretty finished quilts!


I love them both! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you're warm, well-fed, and surrounded by faaily tonight.


If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody (well, all the Americans, that is)!  I hope you're looking forward to a holiday surrounded by family and good food.


I'm giving thanks for all the supporters of Covered in Love, like my do. Good Stitches Circle who recently sent in these beautiful quilts!


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oh My Stars! 9 Quilts!



The last three quilts from the July block drive are finished and it's time to wrap this one up!  We made 9 beautiful red, white, and blue star quilts to be gifted to grieving families through Covered in Love.


Here are the glamour shots of the last three quilts.  If you contributed blocks and don't see them in one of these check out the previous posts with the first six quilts here and here.


This block drive was a repeat of one from last year where we made five patriotic quilts. The chaplains have told me how much families loved those quilts, so I can't wait to hear how these are received.  These were taken up to the hospital today along with some others to make a total of 260 quilts donated!


Five of these star quilts were quilted by a wonderful local quilter, Kathy. I officially couldn't have done it without her-- or any of you!  Take a look at the map below of all the quilters who contributed.


I had a fun time taking quilt-y glamour shots of all nine quilts together the other day before they went up to the hospital.  Thanks to everyone who had helped Covered in Love to grow!


If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


October was my month to be the Queen Bee in my do. Good Stitches circle and the blocks have been trickling in.  We're doing the Double Square Star block from Missouri quilt company in blues, greens, and greys.  That's what's on my design wall this week for charity, what about you?



Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pretty Pretty Quilts



I have some more pretty quilts of Theresa's to show this week.  She gave me two matching rail fence tops that are so pretty and soft and floral!


The only real difference between the two is the backings. Sandra has sent in some great cuts of fabric for backing and among them was this beautiful bird print with inspirational quotes.  For the other quilt I found a pretty yellow print.


The third quilt is so softly colored it's hard to make out the design in the photos. It's actually a split 9 patch with diamonds on point made from the darker value fabrics.


Theresa even included bindings to match many of her quilts.  In the closeups you can see all the pretty, small squares.


So far 4 of Theresa's tops have been quilted with many more to come.  I can't wait! 


I hope your week went well and happy weekend! Please enjoy this photo of the dragon in her cave :)


If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sewin' sewin' sewin'

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


You know the hotel commercial "I've Been Everywhere" ?  That's what I feel like lately.  I've been traveling for my clinicals for school and my machine's on the road with me. 


I'm steadily chipping away at this rather impressive stack of scrappy susannah blocks you all sent in.  This isn't even all of them! I think we're going to have about a dozen quilts from this block drive.  The Nov/Dec block drive launched a week ago if you want to join in sewing for Covered in Love :)



Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

More Star Quilts



Can you believe it's November already?! The new block drive is up and I have more finishes from the July drive to share with you.  Quilts 1-3 are here and this is post features 4-6 of what will be 9 quilts.


I tried to loosely group the stars again for these. The one at the top of the page is made of stars with colored backgrounds or frames sashed with an antique white. It's one of my favorites, for sure. The one above is large stars on white backgrounds, and the one below is (mostly) stars based on a 3.5" block unit.


As always, the variety of blocks is so much fun. From the rustic heart-star below...


...to this incredibly complicated block made of meticulously pieced HSTs.


A few of you sent in some bonus cuts of patriotic fabrics I was able to use for bindings and fillers.  I noticed the pretty, scrappy mix of bindings on this quilts and had to take a photo of it.  One of these quilts was bound in reds and the other two were done with blues.


The last three of quilts from July's block drive are in various stages of being nearly done, so soon I'll be able to take a picture of all nine together! Meanwhile, you can check out the first three here.


Christy sent in this blue yardage with glittery silver stars, perfect for backing.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to July's drive. Over 40 of you! The Nov/Dec block drive is now live if you want to continue - or get involved for the first time - helping CiL make quilts!



If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a cozy patchwork interspersed with pieced blocks. It will run until the new year if you want to help out.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


Happy hump day! One of the things I really enjoy doing for CiL is picking out the new block drives every couple months. I spend a lot of time thinking about block designs and color schemes and sewing out test blocks.  This month's block drive is a repeat of a very old drive in a new color scheme. I had fun making my test blocks and I hope you'll have fun if you decide to participate in the drive!


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Jack's Basket - celebrating babies born with Down Syndrome
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Covered in Love Block Drive

Hello everybody and welcome to the Covered in Love Nov/Dec block drive post!  I decided to do another throw back block drive this month, but it was only the second drive we ever did so I think not many of you have done it before.

(I didn't actually get my 9 patches sewn together for the picture, but you get the idea)

Last time I called this Patchwork Mosaic, this time I'm calling it Patchwork Surprise. The blocks are simple 9-patches of 4.5" squares (unfinished, block comes to 12.5" unfinished).  Each 9-patch is made from a mix of pieced and solid squares.  Aim for 1-3 pieced squares per 9-patch and select the rest of your squares from print fabrics that match the color scheme below.


The colors are crimson, faded denim blue, dark chocolate brown, taupe, "snowy" greys, you can throw in some navy too if you want. Think dark, warm, snuggled-up-in-a-cabin-in-a-snowstorm, flannel blanket type colors.


You can make your pieced blocks in any design you like.  Keep it simple with a four-patch made from 2.5" squares, or a HST, or make it as complicated as you like, as long as the unfinished block is 4.5" and fits into your 9-patch.


The only difference between this block drive and when we did it back in 2015 is the color scheme. So note, your blocks should NOT be in purples and greens.  If you want to look at the old block drive post and the old finishes for inspiration you totally should, you can find them here and here.

same design - different colors, from 2015

When we did this before 9 ladies made two quilts. There are a LOT more of you now and I can't wait to see what you come up with!


For anyone who is new to CiL's block drives, welcome! Anyone can contribute to these drives and you may make as many or as few blocks as you like.  Contact me by leaving a comment or email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com to get a mailing address and try to get your blocks in the mail by New Years.  I put up a new drive every couple months and I try to mix them up so if one month you're busy, or it's not your colors, you can skip that month and join in the next.


Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort which are distributed to patients who pass away at an East Texas hospital. These quilts give the families something to take home to remember their loved one and find comfort in.  So far over 240 quilts have been donated!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Eat your Greens

Tossed salad and soggy crackers: that's what Paula who made this top named it. Isn't that too perfect? I love it.


The tops was made from a bunch of leftover pieces, including low volume four patch units (which she called soggy crackers). Such warm, soothing scraps in this one.


I backed the top with some fabrics sent in by Sandra and quilted it with a quick stipple.  Sandra has generously sent in several boxes of yardage to keep me in backings, so I can always find the perfect match for a top!


This next quilt came from my college friend's mom, Theresa. She was kind enough to send me a box of projects to finish so you're going to be seeing a lot of her tops in the coming months.


This nice flannel sampler came already basted to its backing and batting! I threw it on the machine the very day I opened the box and had a quick finish.


The flannel is super soft and cozy and I love the colors in this one.  It's a generous size and will make a great snuggle quilt for someone.


My new stray cat friend Radio was on hand of help with quilt photography. As you can see from the leaves on the ground the seasons are starting to change!  It's almost time for a change of block drives, too.  Keep an eye out for the new drive post to go up sometimes over the weekend, and if you're still working on October blocks now's the time to get them finished up!

I name him Radio because he never stops talking

If you'd like to join in with Covered in Love's mission you can learn more on the main page or check out the block drive.  The current Covered in Love block drive is a simple Fall-colored patchwork. This drive is almost over but there's still time to squeeze in a few blocks by the end of October if you want.  More info here



Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday